Credit: Today there are more than 200 locations across the country offering delicious chocolate candies filled with nuts, marzipan and nougat. Third-generation chocolatier and genius pastry chef François Payard creates outstanding homemade chocolate confections, superb fluffy macarons and beautiful cakes at his elegant bakeries in New York City, Las Vegas, Japan and Korea. Photo courtesy of See's Candies, Credit: Source: Mars Chocolate North America, SymphonyIRI Group, Revenue Generated: $201.8 million Unit Sales: 202.5 million This British creation was launched in 1935 by Rowntree Limited of York and was originally called Chocolate Crisp. Payday Bar. The candy bar is now a single piece of fluffy chocolate-flavored nougat covered with milk chocolate. Today, there are L.A. Burdick locations in New York City, Boston, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, serving his fantastic handmade chocolate candies, from ganache-filled truffles to the chocolate bunnies Burdick makes each spring, an Easter variation on his famous chocolate mice. Photo courtesy of Askinosie Chocolate. © Copyright 2020 Meredith Corporation. This San Francisco bean-to-bar producer makes artisanal single-origin bars wrapped in beautiful paper. Hershey’s Cookies ’n’ Creme first hit the candy stands in 1994, and was billed as a unique twist on the classic Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar. We love the sweet, malty chocolate they created with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and the unexpected dark chocolate licorice bar, made with a Scandinavian licorice producer. A fire destroyed the production plant in 1980 and with the help of L.S. Food and Wine presents a new network of food pros delivering the most cookable recipes and delicious ideas online. We get nostalgic for See’s Milk Bordeaux ($24.50), candy filled with brown sugar cream and topped with crispy chocolate puffed rice. Madecasse. We especially love Torres’s milk chocolate-covered Cheerios ($8.50) and caramel chocolate popcorn, an addictively salty-sweet snack. Christina Bhan and Paula Barbosa of My Sweet Brigadeiro make 20 different versions of these chewy Brazilian truffles, including traditional Rich Chocolate and Pecan-Cinnamon. The creamy flavor in these malted-milk chocolate bars ($11.50) comes from local malted barley grown on a North Carolina farm. It was introduced in the United States in 1979. A slow cooker can can take your comfort food to the next level. Find Fran's Chocolates at, Buy the book: Pure Chocolate, $7 at After gaining recognition for the adorable almond-eared chocolate mice he provided to New York City’s Le Cirque and Bouley in the 1990s, chocolatier Larry Burdick moved to Wapole, New Hampshire, where he opened a cheery yellow café. Find K+M Milk & Dark Chocolate, Ecuador, $15 at, Buy Thomas Keller's baking book: Bouchon Bakery, $32 at So he started his chocolate operation right in the heart of Pennsylvania dairy country and charged just a nickel for his candy bar. Photo © Yann Geoffray. Founder Joseph Whinney is so passionate about chocolate that he hired a biologist to genetically map Theo’s beans. Source:,, SymphonyIRI Group, Revenue Generated: $249 million Unit Sales: 264.6 million The oldest candy bar on our list, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar was developed in 1900 by Milton S. Hershey. Torres now runs a chocolate empire that includes two production facilities, multiple NYC outposts and one in Atlantic City. This statistic shows the brands of chocolate and other candy eaten most often in the United States in 2020. For more than 30 years, Seattle-based owner Fran Bigelow has been setting candy trends—she was selling miniature chocolate bars and elegant truffles before they became ubiquitous. The flagship store of this classic American chocolate company opened in 1921 in Los Angeles. There are now eleven permanent varieties of M&Ms candies, as well as seasonal offerings.Source: Mars Chocolate North America, SymphonyIRI Group. Owner and chocolate visionary Katrina Markoff flavors chocolates with unexpected ingredients (curry powder, bee pollen) and packs them in boldly designed boxes. America’s 10 Favorite Chocolate Candies (Slideshow) It should come as no surprise that Americans have a sweet tooth. Photo © Tom Seawell Photography, Credit: “In India, we usually eat fruit with spices on it, and one of the most popular combinations is mangos with paprika on top,” says founder Shaineal Shah. The 3 Musketeers family recently expanded to include Mint and Truffle Crisp bars.Source: Mars Chocolate North America, SymphonyIRI Group, Revenue Generated: $169.9 million Unit Sales: 153.4 million Bringing in just under $170 million in sales, Mars' Twix sits right in the middle of our top 10 list. All Rights Reserved. Photo courtesy of Valerie Confections, Credit: The 170-year-old Swiss chocolate maker’s Excellence line includes bars like silky dark chocolate flecked with crunchy caramel pieces and Fleur de Sel ($17). Former Peace Corps volunteers launched this single-origin bean-to-bar operation, producing chocolates in Madagascar where the ingredients are cultivated. Favorites include the outstanding milk chocolate-dipped nougat and caramel squares. Photo © Lauren Ferrone. Snickers holds the top spot for the bestselling chocolate bar in the world. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Find Recchiuti Confections at, Buy the book: Chocolate Obsession, $23 at Find Hudson Valley Chocolates at But which ones are America’s favorites? Courtesy of Godiva, Credit: Find Jacques Torres Chocolate at or Revenue Generated: $60.8 million Unit Sales: 62.2 million Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing, which was established in 1919, didn’t invent the Almond Joy bar until 1946. Photo © Wendell Webber. Buy the book: Chocolate Epiphany, $14 at Xocolatti’s globally-inspired truffles and slates (very thin versions of chocolate bark ($28) with layers that recall slate rock) come in seven flavors like mango and paprika with white chocolate. Credit: Find The Grown Up Chocolate Co. at Photo courtesy of Lindt USA. Nestlé acquired Rowntree in 1988 and now produces Kit Kat for over 70 countries. It’s made of white chocolate and promises cookies in every bite. Photo © Katie Moorman, Credit: Find Valerie Confections at “It used to make me feel insecure,” she says. Find Vosges Chocolates at,, or Credit: Cadbury purchased Peter Paul in 1978 and Hershey bought the company’s U.S. operations in 1988.Source: The Hershey Company, SymphonyIRI Group, Revenue Generated: $70.2 million Unit Sales: 84 million Created in 1923, this chocolate bar was named after a popular malted milkshake, not the Milky Way galaxy. Credit: For their chocolate line, chef Thomas Keller and olive oil icon Armando Manni are making chocolate according to the same "live" principles Manni designed for his cultish oils--a method developed with the University of Florence to minimize heat exposure and retain antioxidants throughout processing.